Biden said the "evidence is mounting" week by week of the "horrible things" Russia has done in Ukraine.
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"We'll let the lawyers decide internationally whether or not it qualifies," Biden added, "but it sure seems that way to me."
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed Biden's assessment, calling him "a true leader."
“True words of a true leader @POTUS,” Zelenskyy tweeted. “Calling things by their names is essential to stand up to evil. We are grateful for U.S. assistance provided so far and we urgently need more heavy weapons to prevent further Russian atrocities.”
President Biden's strong leadership on Ukraine, empathy for its people, and clear-eyed reflections on Putin's brutal war are becoming integral to how many Americans view the war. The president’s words have also typically reflected the thinking and sentiment of a broad coalition of the American people.
Biden's off-the-cuff remark last month that Putin "cannot remain in power" was initially viewed by the media as a gaffe. But several polls have since shown that Biden’s comment was very much in line with the views of roughly two-thirds of Americans—or even more.
Demonizing Putin—not that he needs any help—also continues to highlight the existential threat posed by the Trump-Putin axis.